A Foundation of Focus
Reading through articles nowadays there always seems to be three main steps, three keys, or three principles, to gaining everything you have ever desired in life. While I believe it is amazing to have a few options to practice and implement, I have found that when you have many options, it is harder to master one thing. I have seen it in my coaching program many times. Some call it shiny object syndrome, some call it being distracted, but overall it is just the lack of the ability to focus.
When you are building your foundation it is so easy to get caught up in the 35 million articles, the 87 principles, the 52 keys to success. But if you focus on building 52 things at once, how quickly do you believe you will finish? This is why the one tool you need while you are building your foundation is focus. The world around you is filled with distractions, parties, television, heck even dogs seem to be trying to sabotage your focus and productivity. Now as much as I wish it was as easy as saying “JUST FOCUS” and magically you would have this innate ability to create laser focus in any scenario, it simply doesn't work that way.
Focus, just like any skill comes from learning what works for you, from trial and error, and from creating an environment that fosters your focus. To first create an environment you must understand what is distracting you in the first place. Did you know that when you are in a focused state, checking your phone just one time, can pull you out of that state for thirty minutes. When you are focused you can get so much done, but that one small distraction can leave you out of your flow, for hours on end!
Look out! Here is an action step!
****Make a list of everything you find yourself getting distracted by throughout your day, start by being aware of what distracts you.*****
Once you have your list, stay away from those things! Well only when you are trying to be productive. If you find yourself checking your phone often, turn it on airplane mode, if you find yourself getting up to grab snacks often, then have a full snack bar beside you. Focus is something that you create in the small actions, it means giving ALL of your attention to the task at hand.
As you begin to get into a flow, that state where you feel most productive. Notice where you are, what the environment is like, is it quiet, are you alone, is it dark light ETC. The more you notice the easier it will be to recreate this state in the future. Humans are creatures of habit, so there is a comfort in the familiar. If you always work in one chair, and you find yourself more focused while you sit in that chair, it may be because your mind is used to being focused when you are sitting in that chair. There are ways to hack your bodies natural reactions! So use the familiar, and create a consistent environment for you to focus in.
*** Your sense of smell is your sense that most easily puts you in a rhythm, feeling, or memory. If you have a scent that you like, consider only spraying it while you want to focus. This will start to create a pattern in your brain that will help you focus whenever you smell that unique scent.***
I have heard focus described as humans real life super power. Think of all the amazing things that have been done in the world, from building skyscrapers, to traveling to outer space. These were all done because of extreme focus. Imagine everything you can do in your lifetime if you start to build your foundation with laser focus!
Stephen Dela Cruz is a best selling author, speaker and serial entrepreneur who specializes in helping budding entrepreneurs double their income in their first year. He’s built several 7 figure businesses and in his online school, The Mastermind Experience, he shares strategies around time and money management to help beginning entrepreneurs soar. You can see more about Stephen on his website and follow him on his Facebook page.